President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, have expressed sadness over the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru.

Attahiru, a lieutenant-general, died along with seven other top military officers, in a plane crash while on an official trip to Kaduna on Friday. In a separate statements by the presidency and the Minister of Justice, they prayed for the repose of Attahiru’s soul in first official statements confirming his death.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply saddened over the air crash that claimed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers,” a statement signed by a presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina reads.

The President describes Attahiru and others who died in the crash as the nation’s heroes, also condoled with the deceased persons’ families.

“While praying that God receives the souls of the patriots, the President says the crash ‘is one mortal blow to our underbelly, at a time the armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country.’,” the statement also read.

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